Concert Review: Punk In Drublic Live At The PNE Amphitheatre

Tuesday 16th, July 2019 / 11:54
By Johnny Papan

NOFX – Photo by Mike Bibby

PNE Amphitheatre
July 13, 2019

Bad Religion – Photo by Mike Bibby

A sea of studded vests, coloured mohawks and alcohol-glazed smiles flooded the PNE Amphitheatre for Punk In Drublic. Beer sample tokens were given to early-arriving patrons who enjoyed a selection of more than 40 local crafts beneath the clear blue sky. The stage was beautifully complemented by a mountain backdrop as The Last Gang took the stage around 2 pm.

Bad Religion – Photo by Mike Bibby

After explosive performances by Chixdiggit, the politically-charged Anti-Flag and Vancouver’s own Celtic-punk powerhouse The Real McKenzies, co-headliner Bad Religion commanded the stage with a mix of new tracks and classic fan-favourites, resulting in a unified echo of singing from the crowd throughout. After nearly 40 years on the mic, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has not lost a step in his voice.

NOFX – Photo by Mike Bibby

The night ended with punk-rock pranksters NOFX hitting the stage. Frontman Fat Mike stepped onstage in a burgundy dress as the band played hard-hitting tracks that unleashed chaos within the many mosh pits. The band conversed with crude banter between songs as Fat Mike took straight shots of liquor, slowly hitting a charmingly drunken-haze and sometimes forgetting what songs he was supposed to be playing. NOFX fans understand that it’s part of the show.

NOFX – Photo by Mike Bibby

The band ended their set with an ensemble dance number and a pre-recorded racy show-tune about how “everyone’s a little bit racist.”

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